Meteorologist John Bryant is a native Memphian whose passion is, and has always been, weather.
John graduated from Mississippi State University in 2001 with a degree in Atmospheric Science and an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology. He holds both seals from the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association.
John began his career in television at WABG, right before graduating college. After a brief stint there, he moved to WTVA in Tupelo, Mississippi.
John then took a job at WMC Action News Five in Memphis in November 2001.
Experience with severe weather is something he doesn't lack! John has chased many hurricanes. His most memorable was Hurricane Katrina, in which he did non-stop coverage for three days at a sister station in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While he learned plenty about hurricanes with each chase, there was one that wasn't just about his interest in weather. He said, "It's an experience I will never forget that was completely surreal."
Along with Dave Brown, John was one of the first meteorologists in the world to use the Vipir Technology Indicator that tracks tornadoes in a real-time severe weather event during the February 5, 2008 tornado outbreak.
"I remember that day and I remember emails where viewers said we literally saved their life through our storm coverage," he said. "Severe weather coverage is the most important service we provide to our viewers. It's our job to warn viewers in advance when there's a weather threat."
His love for Memphis can't be hidden. He's a raucous Grizzlies fan and loves barbeque.
When he is not forecasting, John spends time with numerous charities across the Mid-South. His involvement includes the American Cancer Society, the Child Advocacy Center, Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Youth Villages and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He recently modeled for "Battle of the Bras" in Tunica to help raise money for breast cancer. He tweeted, "I never thought I'd wear a bra but with almost 45k raised, bring on next year."